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Grave of Agathon’s Family with Bequest to the Gymnasts of Zeus (II CE) Ephesos - Ionia

Ephesos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), II CE
H. Taeuber, JÖAI 72 (2003) 265-268 (no. 2) = SEG 53 (2003), no. 1287 = AGRW ID# 22163


Coffin (sarcophagus) with garlands. A second unrelated inscription (not included here) was added when the coffin was reused (by a man named Theodosios) in the fourth century.

This grave belongs to Claudius Agathon who is also known as Helix and their children, Epiktesis and Helix.  In it he has buried Androneike, his wife and mother of his children–living.  Know that I dedicated to the sanhedrin (synedrion) of gymnasts (gymnastikoi; or: athletes) gathered around Olympian Zeus 250 denarii, from which they are to be given the interest each year, which is 30 denarii (i.e. at 12% interest) for sixty names–3.5 obols cash for each (i.e. half a denarii was 3.5 obols) who is present.  Let the alottment take place on the 8th day of the 10th month.

Translation by: Harland

Ἡ σορὸς αὕτη ἐστὶν Κλαυδίου Ἀγάθωνος τοῦ καὶ Ἕλικος καὶ τῶν τ̣[έκνων αὐτῶν] | Ἐπ̣ι̣κτή̣σ̣ι̣δ̣ο̣ς καὶ Ἕλικος, ἐν ᾗ τέθαπται Ἀνδρονείκη ἡ γεναμένη μὲν αὐτοῦ γυνή, μήτηρ δὲ | vacat τῶν τέκνων αὐτοῦ· ζῶσιν· vacat | εἰδέναι τὸ συνέδριον τοὺς περὶ τὸν Ὀλύνπιον Δία γυμναστικοὺς καθιερωκέναι με αὐτοῖς || 𐆖 {denarius symbol} σν’, ἐφ’ ᾧ καθ’ ἔτος διδόσθαι ἀπὸ τοῦ τόκου, ὃ γείνεται, 𐆖 {denarius symbol} λ’ ὀνόμασιν ξ’, ἑκάστῳ κρ {κ(έ)ρ(μα) ?} γ’ ς, | vac. | αὐτοῖς τοῖς παροῦσιν· γεινέσθω δὲ ὁ κλῆρος μη(νὶ) ι’ η’ ἱστ(αμένῳ) vac.

Item added: January 31, 2016
Item modified: January 31, 2016
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